(Pole"ax`, Pole"axe`) n. [OE. pollax; cf. OD. pollexe. See Poll head, and Ax.] Anciently, a
kind of battle-ax with a long handle; later, an ax or hatchet with a short handle, and a head variously
patterned; used by soldiers, and also by sailors in boarding a vessel.
(Pole"cat`) n. [Probably fr. F. poule hen, and originally, a poultry cat, because it feeds on poultry.
See Poultry.] (Zoöl.) (a) A small European carnivore of the Weasel family (Putorius ftidus). Its scent
glands secrete a substance of an exceedingly disagreeable odor. Called also fitchet, foulmart, and
European ferret. (b) The zorilla. The name is also applied to other allied species.
(Pole"da`vy) n. [Etymology uncertain.] A sort of coarse canvas; poldway. [Obs.] Howell.
(Pole"less), a. Without a pole; as, a poleless chariot.
(Pol"e*march) n. [Gr. war + leader, from to be first.] (Gr. Antiq.) In Athens, originally, the
military commanderin-chief; but, afterward, a civil magistrate who had jurisdiction in respect of strangers
and sojourners. In other Grecian cities, a high military and civil officer.
(Po*lem"ic) a. [Gr. warlike, fr. war: cf. F. polémique.]
1. Of or pertaining to controversy; maintaining, or involving, controversy; controversial; disputative; as, a
polemic discourse or essay; polemic theology.
2. Engaged in, or addicted to, polemics, or to controversy; disputations; as, a polemic writer. South.
1. One who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in
polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.
The sarcasms and invectives of the young polemic.Macaulay.
2. A polemic argument or controversy.
(Po*lem"ic*al) a. Polemic; controversial; disputatious. Po*lem"ic*al*ly, adv.
Polemical and impertinent disputations.Jer. Taylor.
(Po*lem"i*cist) n. A polemic. [R.]
(Po*lem"ics) n. [Cf. F. polémique.] The art or practice of disputation or controversy, especially
on religious subjects; that branch of theological science which pertains to the history or conduct of ecclesiastical
(Pol"e*mist) n. A polemic. [R.]